Meet the Team

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James Paschal, DDS

Growing up in Southern California, James Paschal, like many teens before him, found himself wearing braces. The experience was something that he enjoyed, and it sparked his interest in becoming a dentist. After receiving a Masters of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University in 1978, he went back to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1982. Dr. Paschal, his wife Melissa, and his two children Dave and Nicole, have since made Reno their home.

As a family dentist, Dr. Paschal is focused on providing the same level of care that he would for his own family. He even went on to complete a mini-residency in orthodontics from the Mid-America Orthodontic Society. He is also an Invisalign Certified Provider, and has been working with Invisalign braces for over 15 years. Dr. Paschal also holds a certificate in laser operation by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

His professional memberships include:

  • The International Association for Orthodontics
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Nevada Dental Association
  • The Northern Nevada Dental Society

Each year, he and his office work staff with the Northern Nevada Dental Society to provide dental care for school children in Reno who may have limited access to oral health care.

In his free time, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and kayaking. He also plays duplicate bridge twice a week!

Our Office Staff

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Laura

Dental Hygienist

Years in Dentistry: Since 2003
Education: Dental Hygiene Associate's Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College; Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College in FL (BASDH)
Favorite part about your job: My favorite part of being a dental hygienist at West Reno is treating patients like family, and changing their negative notions about dentistry, which we do by ensuring positive treatment experiences. I also enjoy the long-lasting relationships I have formed with my co-workers and patients.
Hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends!
Other: I am blessed to be married to my best friend. We have two incredible daughters who are the light of my life. These amazing people keep me laughing every day. I am very close with my family and have wonderful friends with whom to share the joys of life. I love traveling, trying new foods, and taking advantage of all our area has to offer. I graduated Dental Hygiene school in 2003 and have worked for Dr. Paschal ever since. I feel very fortunate to have found this office early in my career, and I truly enjoy the long-term relationships I have with my co-workers and patients. My dental hygiene philosophy is to treat every patient as if they were a member of my family. I take pride in changing people’s preconceived notions about dental visits and enjoy turning their fears into positive experiences.
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Wendy

Dental Hygienist

Years in Dentistry: Since 1996
Education: Associate's in Dental Hygiene and Associate's in Dental Assisting
Favorite part about your job: I delight in getting to know my patients and learning about their interests and hobbies. I like learning from my patients, as well as teaching and educating them about their overall health and the importance of a healthy mouth. I also enjoy working with my wonderful co-workers!
Hobbies/pastimes: My favorite things to do in my spare time are running, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Other: I have lived in Reno since 1985. I graduated from McQueen High School, attended UNR and TMCC, and I am the very busy mother of two energetic children!
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Stacia

Dental Hygienist

Years in Dentistry: Since 2007
Education: Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene, Associates of Applied Science with emphasis in Dental Assisting, Associates of General Studies - Truckee Meadows Community College
Favorite part about your job: I love meeting new people and working with them to make them feel at home in our dental practice. I take pride in providing a comfortable and enjoyable dental experience.
Hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy traveling, skiing, and spending time outdoors with my husband, Matt, and my family.
Other: I was born and raised in Reno. I graduated from Galena High School in 2004. I love being a hygienist! Getting to work with such amazing people makes this job even better!

Ericka

Dental Assistant

Years in Dentistry: Since 1997
Education: Graduated 1996 El Dorado High School, Placerville Ca, Reginal Occupational Program, Dental Assisting, Graduated 1997
Favorite Part of My Job: I take pride in giving quality dental care to every patient. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry, from cosmetics to routine dental procedures.
Hobbies/Pastimes: I enjoy the outdoors and try to spend as much of my free time hiking or just going on walks.
Other: I grew up in Placerville California. I moved to the Reno area in 2017. That’s when I joined the West Reno Dental team. I have four beautiful children, three girls and a boy. Life is very busy in my household! Please feel free to say hello next time you are in the office!

Maggie

Dental Assistant

Years in Dentistry: Since 1999
Education: Clover Park Technical College Dental Assisting Class of ’99, State if California Registered Dental Assistant 2015
Favorite Part of My Job: I love my wonderful coworkers who make every day fun! I appreciate the opportunity to meet and care for my patient’s unique dental needs.
Hobbies/ Pastimes: I am the lucky mom of a beautiful little boy. When I’m not busy building LEGOs or playing Transformers, I love to read and hike. I am an avid runner and enjoy participating in races of many distances.
Other: I was born and raised south of Seattle, WA. I met my husband in high school and 20 years later we married and relocated to Northern CA. We decided to settle down in Reno in 2018. I love my Reno community! I feel lucky to raise my son here, and call this my home.

Sam

Front Office

Years in Dentistry: Since 2017
Education: University of Nevada, Reno
Favorite Part of My Job: Talking to all the patients that walk through the door, learning their stories, and helping them feel comfortable coming into our office!
Hobbies/ Pastimes: I devote most of my free time to riding and competing in Three-Day Eventing with my horse, Bee, and try to hike or kayak as much as possible with my dog, Indie. I also love traveling to new countries and places whenever I have the opportunity.
Other: I grew up in a military family and have lived in 3 countries and 5 states but am happy to call Reno my permanent home!

Kirsten

Dental Assistant

Years in Dentistry: Since 2000
Education: Graduated 1994 Provo High School, 2 years at Utah Valley State College, Dental Assistant Certificate – Careers Unlimited 2000
Favorite Part of My Job: Meeting so many different people from all over and getting to know them. I like helping patients feel that they are receiving the best quality care. I want patients to feel relaxed and confident in coming to our office for their dental needs.
Hobbies/ Pastimes: I have 3 teenage boys that I love to spend time with either outdoors exploring on bikes or just spending time at the beach. I love to go to movies with my kids. I also enjoy reading and participating in local productions of musical theater.
Other: I am a Nevada native born in Fallon. I have lived in Utah and Japan. I moved back to Nevada in 2000 and have worked in Oral Surgery, Endodontics and General Dentist offices.

Craig

Dental Hygienist

Years in Dentistry: Since 2017
Education: Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV
Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Class of 2017
Favorite Part of My Job: Building relationships with all the amazing patients that I meet on a daily basis and providing them with the highest quality of care to give them the best dental experience possible.
Hobbies/ Pastimes: I enjoy anything that involves being active such as snowboarding, kickboxing and working out in general and most importantly I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
Other: I was born and raised here in Reno, NV and I can’t imagine ever leaving this place!

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Office Hours

Monday:
7:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday:
7:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday:
7:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday:
7:00am – 6:00pm
Friday:
8:00am – 3:00pm